Merkava 4 Equipped with "Trophy" Defeats an RPG on theFirst Combat Engagement of an Active Protection System
IDF Merkava Mk 4 equipped with Rafael's Trophy (ASPRO-A) APS are now deployed along the Israeliborder with Gaza. Photo: MOD
) along the Gaza border last month (January 2011),that followed a Merkava tank being hit by a Kornet anti-tank missile fired by the Palestinians,battle testing of the Trophy APS was only a matter of time. Today (1st March 2011), the systemwas baptized in combat, proving its worth in a first combat engagement with a hostile RPG, firedby Palestinain anti-tank team from Gaza. The system and crew performed exactly as expected,integrating automatic response to neutralize an immediate threat, rapid situational understandingand decision and forcible response, effectively eliminating the threat.